The Meze 99 Classics delivers perfect natural sound even to the pickiest of audio lovers. The walnut wood earcups, soft earpads, and the spring steel headband will make the 99 Classics an heirloom rather than just a pair of headphones.
- Transducer size: 40mm
- Frequency response: 15Hz – 25KHz
- Sensitivity: 103dB at 1KHz, 1mW
- Impedance: 32 Ohm (a little bit higher than the 99 Neo)
- Rated input power: 30mW
- Maximum input power: 50mW
- Detachable Kevlar OFC cable
- Plug: 3.5mm gold plated
- Weight: 260 gr (9.2 ounces) without cables
- Ear-cups: Walnut wood
The Meze 99 Classics are shipped in an elegant carton package which contains the headphones in a hard carry case.
At the end of the story, you get:
– A hard carrying pouch
– The Meze 99 Classics headphones
– Two cables: 1 x 3m cable without microphone and 1 x 1.2m cable with microphone and remote control
– A 6.3mm gold-plated jack adapter
– Airplane jack adapter
The 99 Classics have one more cable if compared to the Meze 99 Neo that just came with a single 1.5m cable with remote control and microphone.
The carrying pouch is also ahestetically different: the Neo has a “textured” carrying case while the Classics’ pouch is smoother to the touch (in the last photo: Neo’s case on the right, Classics’ case on the left)
It would have been even better if they included a pair of velour pads as well.
Considering we get two cables and that I had already reviewed the standard cable with remote control in the 99 Neo review, I’m just copying and pasting that part here as the standard cable is the same.
The 1.2m OFC (Optic Fiber cable) cable is surrounded by Kevlar, which grants a solid touch and a durable feeling. The Y of the cable also changes the cable material, which becomes sticky when the single cable splits to the L and R channels. Even in this part of the cable, I feel this is never gonna break or ruin. Both L and R jacks are gold plated and so is the other side of the cable, which ends with a 3.5mm gold plated straight jack.
The cable also features a microphone, which was tested for calls and teamspeak conversation (and works well without problems for these purposes), and a button which works as multifunctional button with my Android phone and should work with other smartphones as well (but i cannot confirm as I just have one Android smartphone).
Speaking about the longer cable, I really appreciate this as I usually move around in my room searching for IEMs, cables, tips and other stuff and I like having a pair of headphones with a long cable so I can move without the need of taking them off my head.
I think I will use the Classics with the long 3m cable and I will keep the Meze silver plated cable on the Meze 99 Neo.
You can reach the review of their silver plated cable by clicking HERE.
Design and Build Quality
Again, Meze doesn’t disappoint.
The 99 Classics are built almost flawlessly, and you can really feel the attention to details when watching or touching them.
The walnut wooden ear-cups feel super smooth showing a perfect manufacturing process, and the overall metal structure makes the headphones solid to the touch (even if it’s still a bit noisy if you touch it while listening, but this does not bother me as I never touch it, no need to do that).
The self-adjusting headband is thin and soft, just like Meze 99 Neo’s one, and the 99 Classics logo is printed on it.
The quality is great in both the Neo and Classics and they differ only for the earcups and colors in terms of design.
Curious fact: it’s worth mentioning that Meze declares they use only certified wood which comes from trees that have already reached their end-of-lifecycle, and this is what they call “a chance to shine one more time in the shape of Meze headphones”.
Let’s get into it.
Now the critical factor that decides if something has to be tried or not: how do they sound? I mainly listen to EDM subgenres, Dupstep, Future Bass, Euphoric Hardstyle, Bass House, Midtempo and downtempo, darkwave, drum’n bass, but I even listen to many vocal tracks, moreover female ones. I always search for headphones that have a little bit of emphasis in the lower region, and can sacrifice mids with some recession if they still sound clear and natural. I love vivid and sparkling highs if they’re not at a headache level. V-shape signature is usually my favourite one but in the last period i’m appreciating a more balanced presentation with less recessed mids, more of a U shape or Y-shape.
Test were made on:
– Galaxy S7 Edge Smartphone
– Presonus AudioBOX iONE connected to my PC with no Enhancements
I even connect my Fiio A3 when i need it if I hear some earphones need a little more power.
Lows: low-end is excellent. There’s enough bass for every genre and a good sub-bass that extends fairly deep without being redundant in terms of quantity. Bass is textured, detailed and even if it does not have the fastest transients out there, it does very well with good speed and medium decay. Midbass is definitely boosted and packs a punch that really makes the signature more dynamic and energetic.
Mids: lower mids are well resolved but they’re not overly warm. This maybe due to the fact that upper bass isn’t as boosted as mid-bass. Considering that even the sub-bass isn’t exaggerated, we get warm male voices but not as warm as on the Neo: we’ll look into this shortly. The midrange is overall forward with well resolved instruments, for example I really love acoustic guitar melodies on the 99 Classics. Vocals stand generally upfront in the mix, both male and female ones, with the latter being delicate but never overly intimate. It feels like singers perform at the center of a spacious location.
There’s a lot of detail, and I could even hear the lips’ opening and closing sound before the performer started singing in the tracks I’ve used to test these headphones (a huge number of tracks).
Highs: highs are definitely not warm. Lower treble has some boost providing some more energy to the overall signature, but some people can find it a bit annoying (moreover treble sensitive people). Upper treble is coherently tuned considering the lower treble boost, with a bit of emphasis on the top end that makes the sound very airy and spacious.
Soundstage is expansive with good height, width and depth: definitely great for a pair of closed cans. Sometimes the upfront midrange can sacrify a bit of width but this is something I’m not gonna complain about, it is intended in the signature.
Instrument separation and imaging are good, and the 99 Classics don’t struggle with multiple instruments playing in the scene. Pinpointing is also precise and every instrument or voice can be easily located on the stage.
The Meze 99 Classics can be easily driven by a smartphone, but a little amping helps them punching a little bit more.
Just like the 99 Neo, bad recordings sound even worse, but if you listen to well-mastered tracks you’ll be surprised hearing how these things sound.
People at Meze audio show again how to get good products with almost no compromises: the 99 Classics not only sound great, they even look great and feel sensational to the touch.
I do not have many words: they’re just an excellent product and definitely one of the best in their price range, if not the best.